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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Last Week Was Pretty Busy

Smith Reunion
Joesph and Marge Reception
seated: Marge and Joesph Burguiere, back left to right: Sand and Art Pilcher, Ed, Cheryl, and Geneva Burguiere
Last week, Cat and I were pretty heavily involved in education institutes and family get togethers. Sunday, we traveled up the Turner Turnpike to Tulsa for the Advanced Placement Institute at Tulsa University. Then on Friday, we traveled down the turnpike because I had to host the Friday Luncheon with Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmundson as our guest speaker. Drew is considering a run for governor in 2010.

That evening we picked up our nephew Joseph and his wife Marge who were returning from their honeymoon in Tahiti. They spent the night at our house and then went to Edmond with us for a family reunion.

On Saturday, Cat hosted the Smith family reunion. These are members of her mother's family. On Sunday, we went back up the turnpike to attend a reception in Broken Arrow at her sister's house for Joesph and Marge. They were married in Los Angeles, and we were not able to go to the wedding.

So, we are dedicating today to R&R. The 4th of July always represents to teachers the turning point away from vacation and back to school. We haven't had much real vacation so far, so this week will be spent as much as possible recouping.

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